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Many people with diabetes will at some point develop a sensation of numb toes in their feet.  This a symptom of Neuropathy, a common complication of Diabetes.  Neuropathy comes about when there is damage to sensory nerves, the nerves that control the muscles of the foot, and/or nerves that control our glands and circulation.  


 

Keeping your blood sugar under control is the best way to prevent neuropathy.   A low risk treatment can be the ingestion of vitamin B6 at the onset of neuropathy.  Diabetic shoes are another important factor in the prevention of foot problems.  Orthotics can also be useful in addressing mechanical problems like flatfoot and hammertoes that can occur from the damage of  motor nerves.  


 

If you have worrying symptoms of neuropathy, Dr. Applegate can help.  Consider scheduling an appointment at Texas Foot and Ankle Specialists. We are conveniently located adjacent to the La Centerra outdoor shopping center across from Cinco Ranch High School in the Katy area of west Houston. We have convenient hours to accommodate a variety of schedules and can usually offer same day appointments for those with pressing needs.

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